Intoxicated air traffic controller found shirtless, unconscious on floor of control tower

Posted By Staff

Date: July 20th, 2015

Category: Bizarre, Government

air trafficSPRINGDALE – An air traffic controller at Springdale Municipal Airport (ASG) was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of public intoxication, according to an arrest report from the Springdale Police Department.

According to Springdale Director of Finance and Administration Wyman Morgan, a plane was waiting to take off and there was no response from the tower on the radio. After repeated radio attempts, the pilot notified the city.

He said a maintenance employee found Philip Maschek, 50, shirtless and unconscious on the floor.

When officers arrived on scene and entered the tower, they noticed Maschek swaying back and forth. Maschek denied being intoxicated on multiple occasions, according to the police report.  More

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